The foundations have been laid for a new £23 million Extra Care development in Lancaster.

St Martin's Court is the first Extra Care scheme developed by Progress Housing Group and will provide affordable rent housing for residents aged 55 and over who need varying levels of care. 


The project is the first of its kind in Lancaster and is being delivered by the Group with full support from Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.


Building on brownfield land purchased from the University of Cumbria in 2021, the scheme will comprise 89 high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments and three one-bedroom apartments that will be wheelchair friendly.


Two nearby existing buildings are also being converted into 16 one and two-bedroom general needs apartments and will be available at affordable rent. 


Development Manager Andrew Sutherland said: "This is the Group's first Extra Care scheme offering people aged 55 and over the opportunity to enjoy an active and more independent lifestyle in their own property. They will have the reassurance of care and support from a 24-hour on-site team of professionals, as and when they need it."


Each apartment will have generously sized rooms, a kitchen, bathroom and spacious living space.


Residents of the Extra Care scheme will also be able to take advantage of a communal lounge and entertainment area, assisted bathing, spa bathing, hairdressing facility, a games room, roof terraces, laundry room landscaped gardens, and a wide range of social opportunities.


The Group has secured grant funding from Homes England and has appointed Caddick Construction to build the development, with DAY Architectural LTD designing the Extra Care scheme.


Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council both support the development and will take charge of allocating the extra care scheme apartments 


It is hoped that the project will be completed by summer 2025.